Understanding Preventive Health Care

Arguably, the most important aspect of health care is preventive health care. This is because preventive health care can significantly reduce your chances of developing a chronic disease while also significantly improving the success rate of treatments if a disease is caught early enough.

Unfortunately, most people do not adequately utilize preventive services, either due to lack of education on the subject of because of financial reasons.

However, the financial benefits of preventive health care are so great because being properly screened can end up saving you a huge amount of money. This is because the cost to get screened for a disease such as cancer is almost nothing when compared to the cost of the medical bills for cancer treatment. In addition to the financial benefits of preventive health care, there are many health and wellness benefits as well. Learn more about all of these benefits by reading the sections below.

Financial Benefits

As briefly mentioned above, utilizing preventive health care has many financial benefits. The biggest benefit for getting properly screened for certain diseases ahead of time is that the disease can be prevented completely or prevented from progressing if it is caught soon enough. This can end up saving you thousands of dollars because if the disease is prevented you will not need to pay the many expensive medical bills that come with medical treatment.

In addition, it is important to note that many preventive health care treatments are partially or completely covered by health insurance. Plus, while certain screenings do still require a deductible, copayment or other cost sharing charge to be paid, certain private health plans will not require any of those costs to be paid, making the entire visit completely free. With the costs for preventive health care being so low or even free with certain health insurance providers, it is extremely advantageous financially to take advantage of it.

Health Benefits

Of course, the financial benefits of preventive health care are significant, but the health and wellness benefits are even more important. Getting properly screened whenever your physician recommends it can greatly improve your quality of life. This is because there are so many chronic diseases that can be prevented before they develop or become more serious.

It is a fact that in the United States, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are responsible for the deaths of 70 percent of Americans each year. However, most of these diseases are completely preventable or treatable if detected early enough. Preventive health care can greatly improve the quality of your life, regardless of your age, race, income or health status. It can help you to avoid or delay the onset of certain diseases, keep diseases that you already have from getting worse, and help you to live a more productive and healthy life.

Mental Health

In addition to there being diseases of body parts such as the lungs, blood, heart and more, there are also diseases that affect the brain and therefore the mental status of an individual as well. Mental disorders and drug addiction problems are becoming more prevalent in the United States, and it is even stated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that these disorders will surpass the physical disabilities in number across the world in the next couple of years. However, despite the very large number of people affected by various mental health conditions, many people may not be familiar with preventive treatments. Speaking with your doctor about your concerns can help him or her to assist you with the best early intervention and preventive care.

Who can benefit?

Preventive health care is extremely beneficial for everyone regardless of race, age, health status or income level. Both men and women, seniors, adults, and children should be properly screened in order to prevent certain chronic diseases. There are many different health issues that can be prevented or treated, and those can vary depending on age and sex so different people will likely have different tests required for their health. Discover the various preventive health measures used for men, women and children below:

  • Men: There are six common routine health screenings that are recommended for every adult male. These tests include a blood pressure test, cholesterol test, prostate cancer screening, colon cancer screening, skin cancer screening and diabetes test. Other tests may be necessary as well, such as screenings for sexually transmitted infections, a BMI test, and others; it all depends on your personal health and what your physician recommends.

All of the tests are considered vital in detecting diseases early and ensuring a long and healthy life, and most of these tests, including the blood pressure test and cholesterol test, are very simple and do not take much time to conduct.

  • Women: There are many different preventive tests available to women. Typically, women have more recommended tests than men have because certain screenings are conducted before, during and after pregnancy. A few of the routine health screenings women are recommended to participate in are blood pressure screenings, cholesterol checks, pap smears, mammograms, bone density screenings, colon cancer screenings, skin cancer screenings and diabetes tests.
  • Children: Even young children and babies are at risk for the development of chronic diseases, which is why it is recommended that they participate in various pediatric health screenings as well. These tests are generally at the discretion of your child’s pediatrician, and usually include BMI tests, blood pressure screenings, hearing and vision tests. Other screenings may be done to assess other specific concerns such as autism, skin cancer or depression. These tests can all greatly reduce the chance that your child will develop a serious condition that can inhibit his or her health and also cause a large financial strain in the future. It is very important to inquire about the health screenings that are recommended for you and your family and get them completed as soon as possible in order to properly prevent certain diseases and improve you and your family’s quality of life.

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